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The VRR: Cowboys Release Player; Injured Vets Expected Back Monday

Nick Eatman's blog reports that Newman and Jenkins should be back at practice on Monday.

Head coach Wade Phillips said in Saturday’s press conference that he expected players such as Terence Newman (groin) and Mike Jenkins (ankle) to return on Monday. Also, Phillips said linebackers Stephen Hodge (knee) and Steve Octavien (groin) would return on Monday as well.

The Cowboys dumped NT Tim Anderson leaving Siavii and Seawright, neither of which inspire confidence.

What had been a three-way battle to win a job at nose tackle behind Jay Ratliff has been reduced to two finalists, as the Cowboys waived sixth-year pro Tim Anderson Saturday morning. As has been the case throughout the off-season the leader appears to be 30-year-old Junior Siavii, who continues to run with the second team. Jonas Seawright, a 6-6, 303-pounder is currently the third-team nose tackle.

Speculation is they may bring in a RB since Alonzo Coleman is injured. The only current RB on the roster that won't be playing on Sundays this year is Keon Lattimore. You'd generally like to have more than one "camp body" RB to beat up on in the preseason games.

More VRR below...

Sam Hurd is on the rise, as Carl wrote about yesterday. He'll probably get some first team-reps this week according to Wade Phillips.

"We're going to give [Hurd] more and more playing time because he deserves it," Wade Phillips said Saturday. All of Hurd's damage was done against Oakland's second-string defense. The Cowboys want to see what he can do against better competition the rest of the preseason. "We'll play him more with our first three receivers, certainly."

Here's more on Hurd's ascendancy.

"Sam makes circus catches every day, and he did the same thing in the ballgame," Phillips said. "We're going to get him more and more playing time because he deserves it."

Bobby Carpenter receives praise from Wade for his play on Thursday.

"He made a lot of plays. He was in the right places a lot," Phillips said. "He made a nice play on the play play where he broke up the tight end going down the middle, he covered well. I thought he played well in the game. Now the group didn't play well that he was playing with, but he made plays all over the field, and he played like he's been practicing."

Wade Phillips coached his first game as head coach and "official" defensive coordinator.

"I probably went over to the bench more to talk to players in between," Phillips said of the preseason opener. "I didn't see quite as much of the offense as I normally would see."

We touched on it in the gameday open threads but never really posted about it. Deon Anderson had knee surgery and it's generally estimated he'll miss about a month. Julian Crosslin and Asaph Schwapp will move up on the depth chart for the preseason.

The Jenkins vs. Scandrick battle for the "starting" spot opposite Newman rages on.

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